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Monday, April 27, 2009

OH Tow Truck Driver Ejected, Dies In Auto Accident

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of this as-yet unnamed tow truck driver, who was killed in an auto accident. Our thoughts are with his passenger. Here's the Springfield News-Sun story:

By Valerie Lough
Staff Writer
Updated 2:27 PM Monday, April 27, 2009

SILVERCREEK TWP., Greene County — One man was killed and another injured after a tow truck crashed just before noon today, April 27, on U.S. 35, two miles east of State route 72.

A blown tire is being blamed for the single-vehicle crash in which the driver was ejected from the truck and decapitated, according to Lt. Marty Fellure, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A passenger was flown to Miami Valley Hospital, said Fellure.

Officials are still working to identify the victims, but Fellure said both were adult males.

Westbound traffic is expected to be shut down for three hours while officials investigate the scene, he said.

The driver of the truck was headed east on U.S. 35 when the front driver’s side tire blew and sent the vehicle across the left lane into the median, said Fellure.

The truck tumbled and came to a rest in the westbound lanes of U.S. 35, he said.

Investigators do not know if the occupants were wearing their seat belts.

Contact this reporter at (937) 328-0360 or vlough@coxohio.com.

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